2020 Ram 2500 spy shot

Meet the next Ram 2500

November 9, 2018 David Zatz 0

It’s the only heavy duty pickup with an independent rear suspension, giving it the best ride and handling in its class. It has an optional Cummins turbodiesel that many pickup buyers would get no matter what body is wrapped around it. And it’s trying hard to burst out of its […]

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Lots of looks at the 2019 Ford Ranger

October 15, 2018 David Zatz 0

Courtesy of Real Fast Fotography, we have a portfolio of 2019 Ford Ranger pickup spy shots, covering several models. The Ranger is already available for pre-orders, and will show up in XL, XLT, and Lariat forms; we’re not sure why one of our spy shot pickups has Sport decals. The […]

GM’s four-cylinder truck gives a bit more power, less economy

October 10, 2018 David Zatz 0

There’s no mistake in the headline; the 2019 Chevy Silverado four-cylinder engine actually gets lower fuel economy than Ford and Ram V6 engines. Where it shines, oddly enough, is in power, where it beats entry-level V6 engines from any American automaker. The EPA estimates for the 2019 Chevrolet Silverado four-cylinder […]

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Chevy’s diesel being tested; 2019 Ram’s still MIA

August 17, 2018 David Zatz 0

Ram had the first modern Class 1 pickup with a diesel — a VM engine originally created partly for General Motors. Ford and Chevy were caught flat-footed. Then came an emissions scandal, thanks, it seems, to placing too much trust in suppliers. Eventually, Ram got their engine certified for 2018 trucks, […]

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Pickup sales figures are a bit misleading

August 8, 2018 David Zatz 0

Ford sold 522,087 F-series trucks in the USA from January to July 2018. If that figure doesn’t stun you, consider that full-line sales of Subaru and Volkswagen were just 382,286 and 365,799 in the same period. Hyundai-Kia’s full line sales were 733,474 — less than Ford F-series plus Ram pickup/chassis cab sales. […]

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Chevy, Ram hit truck conundrum in rather different ways

July 2, 2018 David Zatz 0

Chevrolet, America’s #2 pickup brand, and Ram, the #3 brand, are attacking the same problem in different ways — how to get more cash from luxury-truck buyers without giving up on cash-strapped entry-level buyers. At GM, the 2019 Chevrolet Silverado will cost the same as the 2018, and will likely […]

Ford Raptor for sale in China

Chinese Raptor appears near Dearborn

June 19, 2018 David Zatz 0

China is undergoing a massive economic boom, creating millionaires and billionaires as well as millions of impoverished, suicide-prone factory workers. For the priviledged few, Ford Performance has localized the F-150 Raptor pickup, as seen in these spy shots from Real Fast Fotography. There are only a few visible differences, presumably […]

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Big Three clobbering each others’ profits?

June 5, 2018 David Zatz 0

The American Big Three — General Motors, Ford, and, yes, Fiat Chrysler (FCA) — have already fled from sedans and coupes into pickup trucks to gain sales. There are a few reasons for that, including an apparent Japanese ineptitude at creating credible full-size pickups and odd American fuel-economy rules that […]

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Comparing the car-show trucks

April 5, 2018 Peter Doll 0

We took the opportunity to compare the major American pickups at the New York Auto Show. These are, by far, the market leaders, accounting for nearly all full-size pickups sold in North America. Ford F-150 The aluminum-bodied Ford F-150, longtime sales champion, has a clean but conservative design. Of the […]